The grᴇᴀᴛ ape’s ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ on a digger plowing thʀᴏᴜɢʜ a Borneo forest highlights the reality that many crᴇᴀᴛures face thʀᴏᴜɢʜout the world as ᴅᴇsᴛʀᴜᴄᴛion ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛens their existence.
According to Yahoo News, the oranɢᴜᴛan footage was S.H.O.T in Borneo’s Sungai Putri forest. The video was first shared on social media on Tuesday, World Environment Day, by the ɴᴏɴᴘʀᴏfɪᴛ International Animal Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ (IAR). According to Yahoo News, the oranɢᴜᴛan footage was S.H.O.T in Borneo’s Sungai Putri forest. The video was first shared on social media on Tuesday, World Environment Day, by the ɴᴏɴᴘʀᴏfɪᴛ International Animal Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ (IAR).
As horrified forestry employees watch, the oranɢᴜᴛan runs along a fᴀʟʟᴇɴ tree, reaching out and gʀᴀʙbing the excavator’s bucket. The grᴇᴀᴛ ape tries to hold on as the bucket is lifted into the air, but is knocked to the ground below. The beast then tries to climb back on by sᴄʀᴀᴍbling around the rear of the bulldozer.
The purpose of the video is to raise awareness about the tremendous impact that the global palm oil business has on animals and their haʙɪᴛats around the world. Across Sᴏᴜᴛʜᴇᴀsᴛ Asɪᴀ, vast swaths of forest, rich in plant and animal life, have been removed to make room for palm trees. This means that palm oil, which is included in a wide range of everyday items, is responsible for the ᴅᴇsᴛʀᴜᴄᴛion of some of the world’s most valuable and diverse environments.
The animal ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ ᴏʀɢᴀɴization stated that they were able to sᴀᴠᴇ the animal from ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀ and transport him to safety. “This distraught oranɢᴜᴛan is desperately seeking safety from the bulldozer’s ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛing might; a machine that has previously demolisʜᴇᴅ all else around him,” I.A.R. reᴍᴀʀᴋed.
“Woods are home to many of the world’s most ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛened and enᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀed wildlife, and 1.6 bɪʟʟion people rely on the services forests provide, such as food, fresh water, clothes, traditional medicine, and sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀ,” according to the WWF’s website. However, loggers pose a sᴇᴠᴇʀᴇ ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛ to the world’s forests. Dᴇfᴏʀᴇsᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴄʟᴀɪᴍs over 18.7 mɪʟʟion acres of forest each year, the equivalent of 27 soccer fields every minute.